March 17, 2008

UPDATED: Elite Bloggers Joining FriendFeed In Droves

Update 2: Given how this is now seen as a reference point for the hot bloggers on FriendFeed, we're going to try and keep it updated. Added in this round includes folks like Allen Stern of CenterNetworks, Tris Hussey, Chris Pirillo and others...

Also See: Stephanie Booth of Climb to the Stars: FriendFeed Appeals to Women, Too!.

New adds are marked as *NEW*.

Update 1: Welcome visitors from TechMeme, Susan Mernit's Blog, Mark Evans, Scobleizer and The Last Podcast! I've added links for Jeremy Toeman, Susan Mernit, and Jeremiah Owyang.



Although it hasn't even been a month since FriendFeed opened up to the masses, and announced Series A financing of $5 million, momentum is definitely on the company's side. Garnering incredible media and blog coverage, FriendFeed has also been a magnet for a significant number of top tier "name brand" bloggers. And while not every one of these A-Listers is using the site to its fullest, their information is there for subscribing, letting you follow their daily Web activity.

I've taken the first step in capturing some of the most recognizable names out there in the blogosphere who have joined FriendFeed. Is it complete? By no means, and of course, making this "elite" list is subjective. So please, if you should be included here, or you know somebody on FriendFeed who should be here, please let me know, and I can update this list. Of course, while I'm not elite in any way, you can always find me on FriendFeed at http://friendfeed.com/louisgray.

Adam Ostrow / Mashable
http://friendfeed.com/adamostrow

Allen Stern / Center Networks *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/allenstern

Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play
http://friendfeed.com/andrewc

Andy Beard / Niche Marketing
http://friendfeed.com/andybeard

Ben MetCalfe / Dot Ben
http://friendfeed.com/dotben

Brian Solis / Bub.blicio.us
http://friendfeed.com/briansolis

Chris Brogan / ChrisBrogan.com
http://friendfeed.com/chrisbrogan

Chris Pirillo / Chris.Pirillo.com *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/l0ckergn0me

Corvida / SheGeeks
http://friendfeed.com/corvida

Dan Farber / ZDNet Between The Lines
http://friendfeed.com/dbfarber

Dave Winer / Scripting.com
http://friendfeed.com/davew

David Sifry / Sifry's Alerts
http://friendfeed.com/dsifry

Don MacAskill / SmugBlog *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/donmacaskill

Dosh Dosh (Maki) / DoshDosh.com *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/doshdosh

EngTech / Internet Duct Tape
http://friendfeed.com/engtech

Eric Eldon / VentureBeat
http://friendfeed.com/eldon

Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch
http://friendfeed.com/erick

Fred Oliveira / WeBreakStuff *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/fredoliveira

Fred Wilson / A VC
http://friendfeed.com/fredwilson

Frederic Lardinois / The Last Podcast
http://friendfeed.com/frederic

Gabe Rivera / TechMeme
http://friendfeed.com/gaberivera

Ian Kennedy / MyBlogLog
http://friendfeed.com/iankennedy

Ionut / Google Operating System
http://friendfeed.com/onu

Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica
http://friendfeed.com/webomatica

Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/jeffjarvis

Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategist
http://friendfeed.com/jowyang

Jeremy Toeman / Live Digitally
http://friendfeed.com/bigtoe

Jeremy Zawodny / JeremyZawodny.com
http://friendfeed.com/jzawodn

Josh Quittner / Fortune Magazine
http://friendfeed.com/jquit

Kent Newsome / Newsome.org
http://friendfeed.com/kent

Kevin Rose / Digg
http://friendfeed.com/kevinrose

Kristen Nicole / Mashable *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/kristennicole

Leo Laporte / Twit.TV *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/leolaporte

Liz Gannes / GigaOm
http://friendfeed.com/lizgannes

Loic LeMeur / LoicLemeur.com
http://friendfeed.com/loic

Mark Hopkins / Mashable
http://friendfeed.com/rizzn

Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/krynsky

Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb
http://friendfeed.com/marshallk

Mathew Ingram / Mathew Ingram.com
http://friendfeed.com/mathewingram

MG Siegler / ParisLemon
http://friendfeed.com/parislemon

Michael Arrington / TechCrunch
http://friendfeed.com/techcrunch

Muhammad Saleem / muhammadsaleem.com
http://friendfeed.com/msaleem

Nicole Simon / Cruel to be Kind *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/nicolesimon

Paul Kedrosky / Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/pkedrosky

Pete Cashmore / Mashable
http://friendfeed.com/petecashmore

Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped
http://friendfeed.com/philipp

Rafe Needleman / WebWare
http://friendfeed.com/rafe

Rex Hammock / RexBlog.com
http://friendfeed.com/rexhammock

Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb
http://friendfeed.com/ricmac

Robert Scoble / Scobleizer.com
http://friendfeed.com/scobleizer

Scott Beale / The Laughing Squid
http://friendfeed.com/laughingsquid

Stephanie Booth / Climb to the Stars *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/sbooth

Steve Rubel / MicroPersuasion
http://friendfeed.com/steverubel

Steven Hodson / WinExtra
http://friendfeed.com/stevenhodson

Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog
http://friendfeed.com/smernit

Tamar Weinberg / Techipedia *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/tamar

Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Collection *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/thomashawk

Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher
http://friendfeed.com/tomforemski

Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests
http://friendfeed.com/tonyhung

Tris Hussey / Maple Leaf 2.0 *NEW*
http://friendfeed.com/trishussey

I keep hearing how FriendFeed might be under attack from new services like SocialThing, or that there are too many lifestreaming options out there. But if the above list is any indication, FriendFeed doesn't just have the very best feature set out there, but it also has the very best people out there, as those bloggers who know good Web services when they see them come in droves. If you're not on FriendFeed yet, you should be. And if you're on FriendFeed, be sure you add a good number of these folks.

24 comments:

  1. That's definitely quite a list to find my own name in...

    Thanks for putting this list together - I added a number of people I didn't even know were on FF.

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  2. You slickster you! Great list!

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  3. now I am definitely blushing - me .. an elite blogger ... wow .. thanks Louis :)

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  4. I'm no elite blogger, Louis, but even I know that part of the value of these services is their low investment requirement. You can join several aggregators without being incredibly active on any one site. Input your feeds, and behold! You've got a presence that virtually runs itself.

    I'm sure part of the reason so many "elites" are on the site is that it's sort of their job to check out the hot new shiz. Once their feeds are in, many return to shepherding their Tumblrs and Wordpresses and Google Reader link blogs.

    While I kinda dig FriendFeed, I'm a normal guy with very few tech pals. The inability to read my pals' updates unless I add them manually is a big drawback.

    SocialThing, while less elegant, does allow me to read my non-tech friends' Flickr / Facebook updates WITHOUT having to manually add them. And I can reply to my pals Tweets, but they show up on Twitter, where they'll actually be read.

    Perhaps the elites are all hanging out on the admittedly pretty FriendFeed. But those of us doing the grunt work (i.e., evangelizing to friends who DON'T read dorky tech blogs), well, we have to wait for a practical feature set that starts up simply and builds upon communities that already exist.

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  5. is a very nice service whit big usability!, thanks for the recomendatios, Louis, goodday

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  6. hey, I *know* a lot of those folks and have a friendfeed, so can I pretend to be an elite tech blogger? friendfeed.com/joeduck/

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  7. "Elite" and "Droves" in the same sentence = Cognitive Dissonance

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  8. Friendfeed is definitely a step forward. I'm interested in whether other bloggers have the same requirements for ranked feed of topical blogs as I outlined

    on my blog ?

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  9. Thanks to you, I signed up too

    http://friendfeed.com/jowyang

    Feel free to add me to the list

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  10. And of course, you need to add me:

    http://friendfeed.com/martindale

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  11. Nice to know these A-Lister's followed me to FriendFeed.. HA!

    But seriously, shouldn't this just be another post about how massively addicted all these folks, including me, are to wonderful beta goodness?

    I bet in six months there will be another amazing must have beta, ZEBRA will be out and then, we'll all be over there giving that thing a whirl and so on.. and so on..

    They may be elite bloggers but they aren't elite beta kids, cause we've been here for months already.

    If elite bloggers and beta kids faced off in kickball, we'd kick elite bloggers ass any day, by default really, we'd get to the party first.

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  12. Very clever ;)

    Thanks for adding me...

    Let's catch up soon.

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  13. I will cry in a dark corner..
    Chris :-)

    IdoNotes a/k/a TheSocialNetworker

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  14. Thanks for the heads up. I'm not an elite blogger either, but certainly a whore for beta social media tools.

    http://friendfeed.com/abhilashpatel

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  15. Funny, I just recorded a video webinar on friendfeed this afternoon! You can find me on Friendfeed too, if you're really a complete blogger junkie:

    http://Friendfeed.com/davetaylor

    Thanks for the list too: some people I've added now too.

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  16. What, I do not count anymore?

    www.StartupStoryRadio.com

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  17. Feel free to add me as well:

    http://friendfeed.com/drewolanoff

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  18. No trackback? Anyway, I sorted your list by Technorati rank, added Alexa rank, and updated a few URLs (Kevin Rose's blog; Fortune's TechLand for Josh Quitner). Plus covered many reactions to Duncan's and then your followup post.

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  19. Louis, part of being somebody in this space is signing up for services not because they are good but because they are there and we test them.

    Such a list of 'a list using friendfeed' is nothing more than the people knowing their game and seeing an additional value for spreading the content even further.

    Your enthusiams for friendfeed is honorable, but it should not cloud your judgement that much ...

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  20. wow Louis - thanks for including me on your list *blush*

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  21. yippee! more people to follow on friendfeed.

    I just started using it:
    http://webpoet.wordpress.com/2008/03/20/i-just-started-my-friendfeed/

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  22. friendfeed blows...it's a link circle jerk as your post proves.

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  23. How did u manage to pt all this list together? how long did it take u...but really great, thanks a lot.

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